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The poverty of historicism

Author: Karl R Popper
Publisher: London : Ark, 1986, ©1961.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karl R Popper
ISBN: 0744800528 9780744800524
OCLC Number: 15163542
Notes: Originally published: London : Routledge and K. Paul, 1957.
Includes index.
Description: x, 166 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Historical Note --
Preface --
Introduction --
I. The Anti-Naturalistic Doctrines of Historicism --
1. Generalization --
2. Experiment --
3. Novelty --
4. Complexity --
5. Inexactitude of Prediction --
6. Objectivity and Valuation --
7. Holism --
8. Intuitive Understanding --
9. Quantitative Methods --
10. Essentialism versus Nominalism --
II. The Pro-Naturalistic Doctrines of Historicism --
11. Comparison with Astronomy. Long-Term Forecasts and Large-Scale Forecasts --
12. The Observational Basis --
13. Social Dynamics --
14. Historical Laws --
15. Historical Prophecy versus Social Engineering --
16. The Theory of Historical Development --
17. Interpreting versus Planning Social Change --
18. Conclusion of the Analysis --
III. Criticism of the Anti-Naturalistic Doctrines --
19. Practical Aims of this Criticism --
20. The Technological Approach to Sociology --
21. Piecemeal versus Utopian Engineering --
22. The Unholy Alliance with Utopianism --
23. Criticism of Holism --
24. The Holistic Theory of Social Experiments --
25. The Variability of Experimental Conditions --
26. Are Generalizations Confined to Periods? --
IV. Criticism of the Pro-Naturalistic Doctrines --
27. Is there a Law of Evolution? Laws and Trends --
28. The Method of Reduction. Causal Explanation. Prediction and Prophecy --
29. The Unity of Method --
30. Theoretical and Historical Sciences --
31. Situational Logic in History. Historical Interpretation --
32. The Institutional Theory of Progress --
33. Conclusion: The Emotional Appeal of Historicism --
Index.
Responsibility: Karl Popper.

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